Thousands of revellers turned out last night (Thursday October 29) for the 6th Annual North Belfast Lantern Parade & Magical Festival.
Organised by New Lodge Arts, attendees to the colourful cross-community parade – which set off from Crumlin Road Gaol and gathered inside Waterworks Park – enjoyed a fun-filled agenda including street theatre, interactive performers, live music, dance acts and a magnificent firework finale.
Hundreds of children from more than 30 schools and community groups right across North Belfast have been working hard in recent weeks, conceiving and creating their own eye-catching lanterns for the event.
New Lodge Arts Good Relations Arts Officer Cecilia Heron said: “The North Belfast Lantern Parade is a fantastic opportunity for communities to engage in a creative environment and to build good relations. It’s hugely rewarding to see the energy and enthusiasm children and young people invested in shaping this event.”
The North Belfast Lantern Parade is part of the North Belfast Community Pride Programme which is funded through OFMDFM’s Good Relations Programme and led by Ashton Community Trust. The programme is delivered by New Lodge Arts and supported by a steering group of various North Belfast based youth and community organisations. Other funders for the project include Belfast City Council, Tudor Trust and the Department of Foreign Affairs.